Crime & Courts

Ex-jailer accused of sexual relations with inmates pleads guilty to three felonies

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A former Sedgwick County jailer charged with having sexual relations with two inmates has pleaded guilty to three felonies connected to the case.

Kenneth M. Reese, 50, last week admitted to one count each of unlawful sexual relations, attempted unlawful sexual relations and making false information, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and district court records. He entered his plea Dec. 15, the same day he was scheduled to go to trial on eight counts accusing him of asking for sexual favors from inmates while he worked as a detention deputy, of exposing himself, of bringing unauthorized items into the jail, and of knowingly and falsely making an electronic entry in jail records.

The alleged crimes all occurred between June 2, 2012, and Nov. 26, 2013, according to the original criminal complaint filed in the case.

In exchange for Reese’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of unlawful sexual relations, three counts of attempted unlawful sexual relations and one count of trafficking contraband into a correctional institution, court records show. The state in its plea agreement said it planned to ask a judge to impose a midrange sentence on each of the three remaining counts and that it would ask sentences run concurrently.

Prosecutors also said in the agreement that they would not oppose probation for Reese if requested by his defense attorney.

Reese is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 29 before District Judge David Kaufman, district attorney spokesman Dan Dillon said in an e-mail. He could face up to 136 months in prison on the most serious of the charges – unlawful sexual relations – but is likely to receive probation on all counts because he has little to no criminal history.

Reese, who was at the time of his resignation a 14-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was arrested in March after two female inmates reported having inappropriate sexual contact with him in 2012 and 2013. Among accusations, one inmate alleged a sexual relationship had occurred between she and Reese and that Reese had asked her to expose her breasts; the second said Reese had exposed himself to her.

The Eagle reported earlier this year that Reese was placed on restrictive duty following each report. He resigned in February while both criminal and internal investigations were ongoing, according to the report.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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